Hilo High School, female
Written by a 17-year old wahine from Hilo High School. Born in 1909 and raised in the small town of Pāʻahau along the Hāmākua Coast on the northeastern part of Hawaiʻi Island, her 7-page essay captures the frustrations and ambitions of a teenager looking towards the future. She is torn between pursuing her own ambitions by going to the mainland for school and staying home to fulfill her kuleana to her community. She also asks critical questions about what she considered selective hiring practices that favor teachers from the mainland over local-born teachers and the limited educational opportunities offered in the territorial schools.